Paul Taylor Dance Company Performs Klezmerbluegrass at Kennedy Center

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The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs Klezmerbluegrass, a new work commissioned by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, at the Kennedy Center December 16-18.

Klezmerbluegrass, which had its world premiere earlier this fall, was commissioned as part of the national series of events created under the umbrella program "Celebrate 350: Jewish Life in America 1654-2004," which looks at the interplay of American and Jewish values, culture, and themes.

"The Jewish experience in America reflects the best values and traditions of our country," Taylor said, "religious freedom, cultural pluralism, individual initiative, and intellectual discourse."

He added, "On a personal level, the Jewish community has been extremely supportive of my work over the years, for which I am enormously grateful."

Taylor's dance, set to music by Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys: it was described by a reviewer at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as a "Jewish hoedown": will be seen at some of the stops on the company's 50th-anniversary tour, including a number of performances during the company's run at City Center in New York, March 1-20.


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